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Justin Turner to DL, Scott Atchison activated
ATLANTA -- A few notes before the tag team of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler take on the Braves during this Tuesday afternoon doubleheader. Weather permitting, of course:
-- The Mets placed utilityman Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle. They also activated righthanded reliever Scott Atchison from the DL after he had been shelved with elbow inflammation. The Mets also officially added Wheeler to the roster.
-- Turner rejoined the team after staying in New York for an MRI exam. He received a cortisone shot though manager Terry Collins is unsure how long Turner will actually remain on the DL. According to Collins, the Mets will try to get through the remainder of the road trip without adding an extra infielder.
-- Atchison is pitching with a bone spur that has caused inflammation in his right elbow and occasional numbness in his fingertips. But he said doctors have assured him that pitching with the spur will not further endanger his elbow ligament, though the Mets will have to closely monitor his workload.
-- Harvey will pitch in the matinee while Wheeler draws the assignment for the nightcap. But weather forecasts are calling for an increasing chance of rain as the day unfolds. John Buck will catch Harvey's start despite the short turnaround from Monday night's rain-delayed marathon. Collins said he doesn't want to break up the chemistry between Harvey and Buck.
-- If the rain doesn't interfere, the Mets will become the first team since the Reds in 1996 to finish three games in one day. Monday night's game spilled into Tuesday morning, ending only on Freddie Freeman's walkoff homer off Dillon Gee at 1:22 a.m.